Lateral wall insufficiency (LWI) as an etiology of nasal obstruction was originally described by the senior author (S.P.M) as dynamic collapse of the lateral nasal wall with inspiration.1 It is divided into 2 zones, with zone 1 corresponding to the sidewall and zone 2 corresponding to the ala.1 This study sought to explore differences in LWI severity2 in patients seen in consultation for functional, cosmetic, and combined rhinoplasty, and to determine if a correlation exists between physician-determined LWI severity2 and patient-reported nasal obstruction measures, including the nasal obstruction symptom evaluation (NOSE) scores and a visual analog scale (VAS).
Kandathil CK, Rudy SF, Moubayed SP, Most SP. Lateral Wall Insufficiency Severity and Patient-Reported Nasal Obstruction Measures. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2018;20(5):427–428. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2018.0216
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